Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes

From cleansing oil, foaming cleansers, cleansing oils, cleansing balms, to a facial cleansing bar, there is a huge array to choose from.

Many commercial cleaners contain surfactants and ingredients that strip your skin of its natural oils and upset your natural pH.

Fortunately, you can create really wonderful homemade facial cleansers, that is simple yet effective, that will gently break down surface tension, removing oil and dirt without stripping your skin.

The following recipes will help get you started, on your DIY journey into making cleansers.

Homemade facial cleanser recipes

Hydrating cucumber cleanser

If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, then cucumber should be your new best friend.

Cucumbers are rich in vitamins, minerals and ascorbic acid; they have a high water content of around 90%, so are the perfect choice if its hydration you’re looking for.


  • 5 Tbsp cucumber juice
  • 2 tbsp aloe vera juice
  • 2 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup infused chamomile water

It is important to note that there is some preparation involved with this facial cleanser.

  1. First, make a herbal infusion, add 2 chamomile tea bags to the water and set aside for an hour.
  2. Next, sprinkle the xanthan gum onto the water and allow to dissolve naturally.
  3. Blend 1/4 cucumber (one that has been previously peeled). Then add the aloe vera juice.
  4. Finally, add the herbal infusion to the aloe and cucumber.

The great thing about this homemade facial cleanser is that you can also use it as a face mask, the perfect antidote, for dry, dehydrated skin.

Lavender buttermilk cleanser

Yoghurt has many balancing properties, and lavender is extremely healing; it makes a wonderful homemade facial cleanser.

Interestingly enough, buttermilk works as an astringent, so it’s a great natural cleanser for creating a noticeable toning and tightening effect, helping to give your skin a youthful glow.


  • 5 tbs of natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp of oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 drops rose essential oil
  1. This a really simple but effective cleanser, you mix everything, and you’re ready to apply.
  2. Work into the skin in small circular motions and rinse off with warm water or a damp sponge.
  3. Finish by toning with a natural hydrosol.

Gentle exfoliating cleanser

If you have dull, dry, sallow looking skin, this gentle cleanser that exfoliates as it cleans, is a great option.


  • 3 tbsp papaya
  • 3 tbsp oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 tbs bran
  • 1/2 Tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp milk
  1. Mash the papaya and then add honey, oatmeal, and yoghurt together.
  2. Finally, add enough milk to form a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the blend to the face in small circular movements.
  4. This will gently encourage the removal of dead skin cells.
  5. Leaving you with naturally glowing skin.

If your keen to learn more about making facial cleansers, these recipes are beneficial.

7 replies on “Homemade Facial Cleanser Recipes”

This is awesome. Thank you. I’ve been playing around with soap-free cleanser recipes with some funny ineffective results! Looking forward to trying these.

OMG! I’m so thrilled I found your blog. Thank you so much for sharing these great facial recipes. You’ve been a great help. I appreciate it. XOXO

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